Having trouble getting your students to create research papers properly with organization, quotes, and citations? This is the full package (or mostly full). See the introduction page! It is intended for use with SIRS Researcher, but other Pro/Con data bases should work well.
There is a section where students just research pros and cons of a topic they prefer. Then, they decide how they feel about the topic. After that, the students create their thesis using the Thesis Generator (NOT INCLUDED due to page orientation). Knowing the information about the topic that they need to find out, have the students should use either index cards, or, as I do, Source Pages to collect their research. A Source Page is like a digital set of note cards. Students should put the MLA at the top of each page using http://www.citationmachine.net/ . Students should then copy and paste quotes from that particular resource on to the page with the source info. Other sources should be on separate pages with their info.
Next, students will use the Thesis Generator (NOT INCLUDED) to put each Reason in the Paper Organizer in the Topic Sentence locations for each paragraph. Then, students will put the info they gathered about each topic in the Quotes locations. Explain to students that their citation for each quote is the first word of the source on their source page.
Put in the rest of the items on the organizer and your students will have the bones of a well-organized research essay.
I also suggest use of the following SEPARATE items: Thesis Generator, Putting Quotes into Sentences Powerpoint, and Putting Quotes into Sentences page that will teach students how to organize a thesis and correctly weave quotes into sentences.